Robert Thornton won his first title of 2014 when he edged out Ian White in the final of Players Championship 6 at Robin Park, Wigan on Sunday.
Thornton, who defeated Phil Taylor to reach the final, came back from 4-2 and 5-4 down to see off White and claim his eighth PDC Pro Tour title.
James Wade enjoyed a productive weekend in Wigan, reaching the quarter-finals on both Saturday and Sunday, while there was also a return to form for former World Youth Champion James Hubbard, who defeated Wes Newton, Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King en route to Saturday’s semi-finals.
Dutch ace Vincent van der Voort produced a strong run to the quarter-finals of Sunday’s event.
By Chris Murphy
The defending champion had trailed the Scotsman, who missed double twelve for a nine-darter, 3-2 at one stage but hit back to claim a 7-5 success, kicking off the decisive leg with back-to-back 180s before going out in eleven darts.
The Isle of Wight youngster, who has twice beaten Phil Taylor in professional events, came through the last 64 of the £50,000 tournament in Reading on Saturday to set up a decider against Rowby-John Rodriguez. (more…)
Thornton’s survival was secured when Dave Chisnall earned a 7-5 victory over Wes Newton, which saw Newton’s campaign end early for the second succesive season.
‘The Thorn’ went on to lose out to world number two Taylor.
van Gerwen and Whitlock served up the match of the evening with a 6-6 draw, in which both players took out enormous finishes.
Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld also drew, while Peter Wright edged out Gary Anderson.
Following the elimination of Whitlock and Newton, the remaining eight players will compete in Sheffield next week, with fixtures set to be released in due course.
By Chris Murphy
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This unique evening of sporting entertainment, which will take place in the Canal Suite on Saturday 10 May, will see reigning PDC World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen headline a star-studded field of major championship winners.
Lakeside favourite and three-time BDO World Champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams is also in action, alongside James Wade, winner of seven major PDC titles. (more…)